Major Taylor was the first “American” Black World Champion of any sport. There’s also a movie about his life which highlights the infamous “6 Day Race” going against all odds and societal oppression he not only became the first black American World Champion, he also became a worldwide celebrity. People came from all over just to see him race in competitions against highly skilled white competitors. Not only did he compete, he won most of the races he entered.
Today we remember and honour Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor.
Here is a video which recounts Major Taylor’s experience during the 6 Day Race.
Here is the autobiography of Major Taylor narrated by Road Bike Culture’s Kevin Isley.
Follow Our Black History Month Series:
- Day 1: Black History Is Everywhere
- Day 2: The Danger Of A Single Story
- Day 3: Super Bowl Sunday
- Day 4: African American Authors
- Day 5: The Reason Behind Black Lives Matter
- Day 6: Viola Desmond
- Day 7: George Dixon
- Day 8: Vivien Thomas
- Day 9: Frank Robinson
- Day 10: Gladys Mae
- Day 11: Hattie McDaniel
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